Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Carbon Policy Office

The Legislature created the Carbon Policy Office in 2018 (HB 5201) to conduct research, analysis, and stakeholder engagement to inform a statewide policy framework to grow Oregon's economy while achieving Oregon's greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Over the interim between sessions, the Carbon Policy Office has provided research and analysis to Legislators on carbon pricing policy design. The product of that work is made available on this website, with supporting information compiled on the Research and Analysis page and the proposed Oregon Climate Action Program page. This website includes: 

  • ​Summaries and explanations of the core elements of the Oregon Climate Action Program as proposed 
  • Outside analyses of the industry competitiveness impacts of cap-and-trade and how to avoid leakage 
  • Oregon emissions data and explanation of how Oregon measures greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Economic analysis of cap-and-trade programs
  • Work group products focused on low income utility customers and opportunities for GHG reduction and adaptation on natural and working lands
  • Leading climate change research 

Carbon Pricing Proposal Overview​ - Delivered to the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction in December 2018, this Carbon Policy Office presentation outlines the principal elements for designing a cap and trade system in Oregon. 


Kristen Sheeran, Ph.D.

Greg Alderson​
Deputy Director

Colin McConnaha
Carbon Policy Manager​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​A. Miles Palacios
Executive Assistant to Carbon Policy Staff